Health Advocacy Student Organization


What's on our radar.


The HASC agenda is created at our monthly general Assembly meetings by representatives from our partner organizations. Health legislation chosen by our team is presented and discussed at these meetings, and partner organization representatives vote on whether they would like us to add them to the HASC agenda and create advocacy events for their members to attend.


national - H.R. 3912: CHIP Mental health parity act

As an amendment to title XXI of the Social Security Act, this bill would require the CHIP program to cover mental health and substance abuse treatment services for enrollees. 


national - Medicare extra for all think tank proposal

Created by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C., the proposal includes a plan to provide-near universal healthcare coverage for U.S. residents.


national - S. 2438: Flu Vaccine act

This act proposes that the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts research to create a universal flu vaccine.


Texas - H.B. 369: An act relating to the establishment of maternal health access zones

This bill from the last Texas legislative session aimed to create maternal health access zones in socioeconomically-disadvantaged areas to lower maternal mortality rates and help bridge health in equity.


National - H.R. 3391: Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017

This bill aims to increase research on medical marijuana by simplifying the research registration process and increasing its supply to researchers. The bill would not alter its classification as a Schedule I controlled substance and would retain checks to limit its recreational use.


National - H.R. 2677: Stop Mental Health Stigmas in Our Communities Act

This act aims to increase awareness and educational outreach programs pertaining to mental health among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S.


national - H.R. 4482: Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act of 2017

This bill would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days for first-time users, except in special circumstances such as traumatic injury, chronic pain, cancer and end-of-life care, or physician recommendation.


Texas - H.B. 2025: Regulation of Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

The law calls for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to establish an updated system that not only efficiently communicates necessary information to LTCFs in a timely fashion but also monitors the nature of adherence and violations by LTCFs.


texas - S.B. 2104: Statewide System of Healthcare Data Collection

This Senate bill from the last Texas legislative session called for the implementation of a public database of medical service charges billed by healthcare providers. This database of billed charges would be categorized according to each zip code in the state and could be accessed by patients, Health Maintenance Organizations, and nonprofit health corporations.


national - H.R. 302: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017

This act would ensure coverage of sports medicine professionals by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.


national - S. 581: Jessie’s Law

This act would require the Department of Health and Human Services to create new standards for the inclusion of disclosed opioid-addiction history in patient records.


national - H.R. 3124: Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2017

This act would amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare coverage for beneficiaries with prediabetes and risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. This coverage currently only covers those who already have diabetes or renal disease.